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Bookshops and rioters

Over at the excellent Jacket Copy blog, Carolyn Kellogg writes about how London’s bookshops are shutting early because of fears over the rioting.

Carolyn – look at the pictures of the people doing the looting and burning. Do they look like the sort of people who would smash the windows of a Waterstone’s and run off with armfuls of Dostoevsky and Shakespeare?

“Oi geezers, there’s a massive pile of Joyce and Fitzgerald in this one. Oh, and some Flann O’Brien too. Wicked! That’s my bedtime reading for a couple of months sorted! There’s a specialist poetry bookshop over in Lewisham – let’s do ’em next.”

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